Here is a current schedule for Traction so you don’t miss out on any of the brilliant music acts! Be aware that the times are subject to change, but we will keep you posted of any alterations!
Jamie Lidell guesting with The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble
Jamie Lidell is a genuinely restless soul. His constant desire to progress has defined his music so far; and there’s no sign of it fading away. Dig into the discography and you’ll find underground techno, funk, disco, grooves and gospel. Jamie’s one-man shows are quite literally, something else. In his spare time he’s joined the techno supergroup “mostly robot” and is a producer with multitudes of new music from new artists.
Cologne, The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble and Ice Bars
Just a note to say thank you for such a wonderful trip we experienced to Cologne last weekend. Throughly enjoyed the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble gig and it was so great to meet them prior to the gig backstage and then to see them play live. They played some wonderful music and I can’t wait to see them play at Traction in July. We ended the trip with a seamless journey back on Eurostar – looked after by Eurostar and exceptional staff onboard and was actually quite sad to leave the train!
Mateo M – Digital Light Painting
Mateo M is an international artist and visionary who works with many different New Media techniques including Digital Light Painting. In 2002 he invented a New Media performance, Digital Light Painting. It has been defined as cutting edge live performance art at its best. This innovative new technique of painting live with digitally projected light has expanded beyond the canvas of the body to architecture and waterfalls. Guests at Traction will get to experience these skills first hand!
Lick Me I’m Delicious – Nitrogen Ice Cream
Founded by award-winning Ice cream entrepeneur Charlie Harry Francis, LMID produce cutting edge frozen deliciousness. Charlie grew up on an ice cream farm in West Wales and the Ice cream mix is still made to his original family recipe. Liquid nitrogen is a more recent addition. The portable nitro parlour produces two custom frozen creations right in front of your eyes, using a unique nitrogen injection system to produce an ever-expanding range of custom flavours. For Traction Event, LMID will be producing a unique series of flavour clashes inspired by Eurostar’s destination cities.
Jason Atomic – Live Sketch Portraiture
With his elongated painted smile Jason Atomic is a familiar face amongst the subculture scenesters of London & Tokyo. Despite a background in comix (small press comic books) he discovered real life to be more interesting than fiction, and began a documenting the freak icons of the underground art, music and club scenes in his colourful energetic paintings and sketchbooks. Jason will perform 2 live, 11 meter by 1.5 meter sketches, within the Traction event, one of partygoers as they enter granary square and one, backstage, of artists before they take to the on stage.
Gilles Peterson has been tasked with bringing together and showcasing talent from his 30 years within the arts – mixing the experienced, whom were pioneers in their time, with upcoming artists whom are currently breaking ground in their respective fields. Take a look at his video here, as he talks about Traction and the artists.
Eurostar Records’ very own 3 piece from London – fronted by art loving songwriter Morgan Quaintance. Signed to Eurostar’s very own record label, which promotes creativity and artistic freedomPlugs bring a well crafted yet brilliantly unusual blend of inner London grime and pop, and words like disorientating and psychedelic have been used to describe their work. Take a look at their video here.
UK born, 2011 Mercury prize nominee Ghostpoet will be joining the line-up at Traction this summer bringing with him a handful of off-kilter, loopy electronic ditties blessed with his delightfully rambling musings on modern life.He’s a genuinely unique talent that we’re thrilled is joining us on the 14th – he dubs himself “a lad with a lisp with some stories to tell” and we can’t wait to hear the ending. Find out more about this young, inventive, British artist here – he’s destined for greatness.
Baloji and l’Orchestre de la Katuba
Eurostar regular Baloji will bring an exciting continental spoken word performance to the Traction festival. Growing up in Liege his passions for hip-hop, rap and dance shaped his style and coupled with the backing of his inimitable Orchestra are an act that Gilles simply couldn’t refuse to bring to the party on the 14th July. See more about Baloji here.
Our Dutch representative, Benny Sings is a complex artist whose funky jazz will add an even greater variety to the Traction line-up. But don’t be fooled, the music and melodies may act to make it all sound as fresh and breezy as a summer dress, but that does not mean it’s all happy-go-lucky for Benny. Listeners of his music often find themselves humming or singing along, which is one of Benny’s unique attributes, his song’s are incredibly catchy! Find out more about Benny here.
The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble
All the way from sunny Germany, Brandt Brauer Frick are sure to bring some intrigue to the Traction party with their 10 piece orchestra. These guys are really pushing their style of intellectual beats at the moment and we’re thrilled to have them booked on a train from Cologne to London for Traction. Favourites at Eurostar HQ include ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Bop,’ try before you buy here…
Heralding from the French capital, Sébastien brings his very own unique mash-up of French pop and electronica to the Traction stage. His unpredictability, artistry and sheer enthusiasm for everything that’s French will definitely provide us with an eye-opening experience to savour. And be sure to pack a camera, rumours are rife at Eurostar HQ of outrageous props being shipped in for his set on the 14th July. Check out one of his videos here…
About the festival
As an official supporter of the London 2012 Festival, Eurostar will be bringing together half a dozen of the most exciting acts from across Europe for a truly unique event this summer. On Saturday 14 July, 3000 people will be treated to a once-in a lifetime outdoor show in Granary Square, London’s newest public space. Find out more here…